Editorial Guidelines for Outdoors Unlimited

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Updated: January 2011
General: All material submitted by OWAA members will be considered for publication. The decision to publish rests entirely with the executive director and editor. Opinions expressed are the authors’ and not necessarily those of OWAA, its officers, board of directors or staff. All submissions should be sent to OU Editor Ashley Schroeder at aschroeder@owaa.org or 121 Hickory St., Suite 1, Missoula, MT 59801.
Copyright: Contributors (less OWAA employees) grant rights for OWAA to publish once in Outdoors Unlimited®, including archives, and on the OWAA website.
Article submissions: Electronic submissions are preferred. Please use Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or ASCII format.


“Portfolio” submissions: Submit up to 20 images via e-mail to aschroeder@owaa.org or on a CD or DVD. FTP site also available, contact OWAA for login info. Include captions and a brief biography. Specifications for digital images: high-resolution (300 dpi), 1-2 megabyte per image, JPEG format.
Mug shots: Mugs are welcome for feature stories, craft pieces and member news. E-mail a digital photo. Specifications for digital mugs: 300 dpi, 1 megabyte, JPEG format.


Craft improvement: Headquarters endeavors to print multiple craft articles per month, including one each from the OWAA Sections: Magazine, Newspaper, Photography, Radio and TV/ Video, as well as articles on writing/journalism, marketing, business, technology and general topics relevant to members. Word limit: 800. Photos and graphics (1 MB), as well as audio (MP3) and video clips (imbedded links) are encouraged.
Features: Preferred length is 800 words or fewer. Articles may be edited and shortened without notification to the author at the discretion of the editorial staff. General focus of articles, other than those from committee members charged to contribute to OU, should be on craft improvement, news of activities affecting the outdoors or other news of general interest to members. Word limit: 800. Photos and graphics (1 MB), as well as audio (MP3) and video clips (imbedded links) are encouraged.
OWAA Legends: Do you know an OWAA legend who has sig- nificantly contributed to conservation and OWAA? Send story ideas to OU Editor Ashley Schroeder at aschroeder@owaa.org. Word limit: 900; photos are encouraged.
Conservation Corner: Conservation-related articles and related briefs are published in this space. Authors are encouraged to base stories on science and/or credible sources and include websites having additional information. Word limit: 900.
Section/committee contributions: Submissions accepted as charged by the section or committee. In general, one OU page is reserved each month for each section/committee. Word limit: 900. Photos and graphics (1 MB), as well as audio (MP3) and video clips (imbedded links) are encouraged.
Miscellaneous columns: OWAA conference content is compiled by OWAA’s conference planner and either written or assigned by the Conference Program Committee.


Outdoor Market: Headquarters publishes job listings and publishers’ editorial needs relevant to outdoor communicators. Word limit: 100 words, including who, what, where, when, pay- ment and contact information.
Bookshelf: Information about members’ recently published books and videos are invited. Include title, author, publisher, number of pages, price and a brief write-up. Word limit: 100. Book/video cover photos welcome; for photo specifications, see “Mug shots,” above. A “Bookshelf” submission template is available at www.owaa.org; click “Promote Your Book” in the members-only section of the website.
Opinion (comments/online forums/letters to the editor): Members are encouraged to write about issues and topics, and use OU’s online forums as virtual letters to the editor. Letters may be e-mailed to aschroeder@owaa.org. Anonymous comments are not allowed. The executive director and editor will decide whether opinions are appropriate for OWAA debate or if the comments promote a personal cause; if the “cause” is unrelated to OWAA’s mission and potentially damaging to the membership, the comment might not be published. Because of OWAA’s tax-exempt status, comments endorsing candidates for public office or otherwise directly addressing political campaigns cannot be published. Headquarters will not publish comments that are libelous in nature. Letters to the editor word limit: 400. Comments exceeding the word limit may be returned to the sender for editing.
Supporting Group News Tips: Supporting groups, agencies and businesses are welcome to e-mail or snail-mail press releases. Headquarters categorizes and abbreviates each press release into two or three sentences, including contact information. When possible, readers are referred to supporter’s websites to view the entire press release. Word limit: 50.
Supporter Spotlight: Usually, one supporting group is featured in each issue. Standard press releases will be abbreviated. Word limit: 400.
News Briefs: Press releases will be considered for publication and may be edited and/or abbreviated, usually to 75-100 words. Member news (mug shots welcome) and other relevant announcements will be edited and/or abbreviated.
Calendar items: Calendar items contain information on activities of interest to members and appear as space permits. Include contact information.


Deadline for submissions: The fifth of the month preceding the month of publication. For example, the November OU deadline is Oct. 5.
Trademarks: Trademark names are used throughout OU. Rather than place a trademark symbol at every occurrence, OU uses the name only in an editorial fashion, with no intent of trademark infringement.
Payment: OWAA does not pay for material published in OU. Members contribute material for the benefit of the membership.
Return policy: Text submissions and materials submitted for review will not be returned. Hard-copy photographs and artwork are returned immediately after use; OWAA pays shipping. OWAA is not liable for photos/artwork lost or damaged in shipping. Members wanting photos/artwork returned insured or via special handling must inform the editor and pay insurance/special handling fees.
Reprint policies: Permission to reprint from OU must be obtained from OWAA and the author or photographer; both must receive credit lines. A copy of any reprinted material must be sent to OWAA.

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